World’s First Hot Air Balloon

The very first balloon that we know of was a hot air model invented by Father Bartolomeu de Gusmão. He created a balloon from a paper envelope with burning material hanging below it. On 8 August 1709, Gusmão s...

Calçada dos Barbadinhos

The Steam Pumping Station of Barbadinhos and the walkstreet Calçada dos Barbadinhos get their names from an interesting source. A monastery used to sit in the place of the station. Italian friars lived there.
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Ulysses, Offiusa & The Seven Hills of Lisbon

Many say Lisbon is a city built on “seven hills:” Hill of São Jorge (the highest hill and the first inhabited place in Lisbon); Hill of São Vicente; Hill of Santa Ana; Hill of St. Andrew; Hill of Chagas; Hill of Santa Catarina; Hill of São Roque. There is a fun and interesting legend about how those seven hills were formed…

World’s Largest Omelet

On 11 August 2012, the city of Ferreira do Zêzere wanted to do something special for a holiday they call “Immigrants Day.” So they decided to make something BIG. First, they got 145,000 eggs, 880 pounds of oil and 220 pounds of butter.
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Cristiano Ronaldo Is Portuguese!

Cristiano Ronaldo, the world famous football player, is Portuguese. He was born on 5 February 1985 in Funchal on the island of Madeira. His full name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. He is named after Ronald Reagan, who was President of the United States at the time he was born.
Portuguese Diamond

Worlds Most Valuable Diamond

The largest diamond in the world is the Portuguese Diamond. It is 127 carats. It is also considered the most valuable diamond in the world because it is so beautiful. The legend of the diamond says that it was discovered in the former Portuguese colony of Brazil.
O Fado Painting 1909 Malhao

Fado – Music Unique to Portugal

Fado is traditional music of Portugal. It is usually performed by a small group of two three or four musicians. One sings while the others play guitars. Sometimes, special Portuguese guitars of are used. These have 12 strings instead of the normal 6.